On Digital Citizenship – Teaching v. Presenting

Let’s increase the impact of our teaching about digital citizenship by teaching rather than presenting.

Teach students how to protect themselves online- walk them through the process of reporting and blocking someone who is harassing them online on the actual platforms they have access to.

Teach students the difference in style and tone when writing private messages and public posts- allow them to publish work online, comment appropriately, use teachable moments to drive discussion, create and send actual emails, and practice the skills we want them to possess.

Only use simulations, models, presentations, and modules when absolutely necessary.

If you don’t know how to teach that particular topic, be honest with yourself and the students, learn alongside the group, or research and learn it a few days before the kids like you did the first year you were assigned four sections of physical science.